The other day, over on Nathan’s blog, I got sidetracked on the subject of making lists.
I am a bit OCD about lists. There are so many things that really should have a list, and so many great ways to make them! Of course, because of the subject of this post, I’ll list them for you using that wonderful html [ul] tag.
- Packing lists
- Grocery lists
- Honey-do lists
- Errand lists
- Housekeeping lists
- Ingredient lists
- Blog or fiction idea lists
- Brainstorming lists
- School supply (or clothes) lists
- Lists of instructions, e.g. for a computer upgrade
- Feature lists (e.g. house or car shopping)
- Things to look for in a mate (or date) lists
One of the things I like best about list-making is the opportunity for advanced lists. Why limit yourself to pen and notepad when you have Excel? Outlook tasks? MS Project for the really big things?
With those you can sort, organize by priority, schedule and even, in MS Project, assign resources and costs.
For example, when shopping for a new car, you could just list that you want better than 30mpg, comfortable front and rear seating, a hatchback, good cargo space, fun to drive, and under $20K. You could then use that list in Excel to compare the cars you like, giving higher scores to those that best meet each of the criteria on your list.
Yeah, I’m a little nutty. My husband has threatened to uninstall Excel from my home computer. (Over my dead body!)
Are you a listmaker?